I could say that it’s been a while, but that would be an understatement.
Hello, dear reader(s?).
It’s nearly Thanksgiving, which I claim is my favorite holiday. It’s been a very good year. I have much to be thankful for. But I’ve fallen short on at least one goal.
2013 was to be the year I finally finished that ol’ novel. It’s really gotten silly. I started it in 2007. That’s six years ago. I love it. I love writing and I really enjoy what I’ve written. But, I’ve rewritten it piecemeal, which has turned it into an unending process. It’s a book in three parts. At first I was happy with part 1 and 2, but not 3. I rewrote 3, was happy with it, but needed to change part 2. I rewrote that, but then, while part 1 still worked, decided it wasn’t as good as parts 2 or 3, so I rewrote it. That led to changes in parts 2 and 3 again… which lead back to changes in part 1. So, that’s sort of where things stand. I’m very happy with it, but can’t stop editing. It’s not a great place to be. What I really need is a dedicated time to just get it done. I don’t know when that would happen. It may be for the best that I take some time away from it and come back with fresh eyes.
You likely don’t recall, but switching to writing fiction was really what killed my web ambitions. I needed to focus. I couldn’t have too many side projects. I killed Lopico, I killed motask, I just stopped writing code. But I want to start again, and the fact that I’m putting the great Amer novel on hold means I can. I don’t know what exactly that means – I know there’s a whole lot that I am clueless about (git, Sass, less, etc… what language are people using these days?) – but I think it means something. I’ve learned a ton in work life – I’m a strategist of some sort – but I’ve lost the technical bits. Hopefully it’s like riding a bike.
(as a total aside… my last post is now nearly 100% inaccurate. Funny how quickly things change.)